Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
Released: July 2nd, 1990
Album: To The Extreme
Ice Ice Baby was Vanilla Ice’s biggest hit and was the first hip hop single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It topped the charts in several other countries as well.
Interesting Facts: The music video only cost $8000 to make.
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Released: August 11th, 1998
Album: Sixpence None The Richer
Kiss Me was the bands biggest commercial success, reaching #1 in Canada and Australia, and almost topping the charts in the US but was #2 behind TLC’s No Scrubs. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or A Group With Vocals but lost to “Maria Maria” by Santana.
Interesting Facts: The bands name is inspired by a passage from C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.
Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5
Released: April 19th, 1999
Album: A Little Bit Of Mambo
Mambo No. 5 reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the charts in most European countries as well as Australia where it stayed for eight weeks. It is Lou Bega’s biggest hit to date, earning him a spot in the One Hit Wonder tournament, ironically where he lost to Ice Ice Baby.
Interesting Facts: The original Mambo No. 5 was recorded in 1949 by Dámaso Pérez Prado from Cuba. It was then recorded by German artist Lou Bega (who knew?) who sampled the last 30 seconds of the song. This led to a 7 year copyright trial.